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« Reply #60 on: September 03, 2017, 03:58:42 AM »
Traditional music (instrumental)


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« Reply #61 on: September 03, 2017, 04:05:46 AM »
"Poem of poverty"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYKFni0vkJg

Inspired by Poema e Mjerimit of Migjeni (1911-1938) from the volume Vargjet e lira, translated from the Albanian by Robert Elsie.

Poverty, brothers, is a mouthful that's hard to swallow,
A bite that sticks in your throat and leaves you in sorrow,
When you watch the pale faces and rheumy eyes
Observing you like ghosts and holding out thin hands;
Behind you they lie, stretched out
Their whole lives through, until the moment of death.
Above them in the air, as if in disdain,
Crosses and stony minarets pierce the sky,
Prophets and saints in many colours radiate splendour.
And poverty feels betrayed.

Poverty carries its own vile imprint,
It is hideous, repulsive, disgusting.
The brow that bears it, the eyes that express it,
The lips that try in vain to hide it
Are the offspring of ignorance, the victims of disdain,
The filthy scraps flung from the table
At which for centuries
Some pitiless, insatiable dog has fed.
Poverty has no good fortune, only rags,
The tattered banners of a hope
Shattered by broken promises.

Poverty wallows in debauchery.
In dark corners, together with dogs, rats, cats,
On mouldy, stinking, filthy mattresses,
Naked breasts exposed, sallow dirty bodies,
With feelings overwhelmed by bestial desire,
They bite, devour, suck, kiss the sullied lips,
And in unbridled lust the thirst is quenched,
The craving stilled, and self-consciousness lost.
Here is the source of the imbeciles, the servants and the beggars
Who will tomorrow be born to fill the streets.

Poverty shines in the eyes of the newborn,
Flickers like the pale flame of a candle
Under a ceiling blackened with smoke and spider webs,
Where human shadows tremble on damp stained walls,
Where the ailing infant wails like a banshee
To suck the dry breasts of its wretched mother
Who, pregnant again, curses god and the devil,
Curses the heavy burden of her unborn child.
Her baby does not laugh, it only wastes away,
Unwanted by its mother, who curses it, too.
How sorrowful is the cradle of the poor
Where a child is rocked with tears and sighs.

Poverty's child is raised in the shadows
Of great mansions, too high for imploring voices to reach
To disturb the peace and quiet of the lords
Sleeping in blissful beds beside their ladies.

Poverty matures a child before its time,
Teaches it to dodge the threatening fist,
The hand which clutches its throat in dreams,
When the delirium of starvation begins
And when death casts its shadow on childish faces,
Instead of a smile a hideous grimace.
While the fate of a fruit is to ripen and fall,
The child is interred not maturing at all.

Poverty labours and toils by day and night,
Chest and forehead drenched in sweat,
Up to the knees in mud and slime,
And still the empty guts writhe in hunger.
Starvation wages! For such a daily ordeal,
A mere three or four leks and an 'On your way.'

Poverty sometimes paints its face,
Swollen lips scarlet, hollow cheeks rouged,
And body a chattel in a filthy trade.
For service in bed for which it is paid
With a few lousy francs,
Stained sheets, stained face and stained conscience.

Poverty leaves a heritage as well,
Not cash in the bank or property you can sell,
But distorted bones and pains in the chest,
Perhaps leaves the memory of a bygone day
When the roof of the house, weakened by decay,
By age and the weather collapsed and fell,
And above all the din rose a terrible cry
Cursing and imploring, as from the depths of hell,
The voice of a man crushed by a beam.
Under the heel, says the priest, of a god irate
Ends thus the life of a dissolute ingrate.
And so the memory of such misfortunes
Fills the cup of bitterness passed to generations.

Poverty in drink seeks consolation,
In filthy taverns, with dirty, littered tables,
The thirsting soul pours glass after glass
Down the throat to forget its many worries,
The dulling glass, the glass satanic,
Caressing with a venomous bite.
And when, like grain under the scythe, the man falls
To the floor, he giggles and sobs, a tragicomic clown,
And all his sorrow in drink he drowns
When one by one, a hundred glasses downs.

Poverty sets desires ablaze like stars in the night
And turns them to ashes, like trees struck by lightning.

Poverty knows no joy, but only pain,
Pain reducing you to such despair
That you seize the rope and hang yourself,
Or become a poor victim of 'paragraphs.'

Poverty wants no pity, only justice!
Pity? Bastard daughter of cunning fathers,
Who like the Pharisees, beating the drum
Ostentatiously for their own sly ends,
Drop a penny in the beggar's hands.

Poverty is an indelible stain
On the brow of humanity through the ages.
And never can this stain be effaced
By doctrines decaying in temples.

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« Reply #62 on: September 05, 2017, 06:45:19 PM »
This poem reflects a rather hopeless world view. The author blames religion and the rich, then he blames poverty itself even more and his judgement is harshest upon the poor themselves. Where is there a ray of hope? For your sake, I hope this is not reflective of your own philosophy of life.

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« Reply #63 on: September 07, 2017, 01:07:00 PM »
@a_henning

He has nothing to do with my philosophy of live but I love his poetry. Sadly he died young by tuberculosis.

Migjeni opened his eyes to the harsh realities of life, to the appalling level of misery, disease and poverty he discovered all around him. He was a poet of dispair who saw no way out, who cherished no hope that anything but death could put an end of suffering.



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« Reply #66 on: September 09, 2017, 04:19:27 PM »
This poem reflects a rather hopeless world view. The author blames religion and the rich, then he blames poverty itself even more and his judgement is harshest upon the poor themselves. Where is there a ray of hope? For your sake, I hope this is not reflective of your own philosophy of life.
Yes, somewhat reminds me of Christopher Hitchens' scathing editorial of Mother Theresa -- how she told the poor, downtrodden and afflicted to just accept their fate and await redemption. I won't dive into the controversy that I know I just opened up, don't even try to lead me there. I would just say that music delivers what religion only promises. That's my spiritual path.

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« Reply #67 on: September 09, 2017, 07:54:12 PM »
Music is a gift of God. With words we speak to the intelect; with music we speak to the soul.

Since you requested it, I'll refrain from comment on the other part.  ;)

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« Reply #68 on: September 12, 2017, 10:46:44 AM »

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« Reply #69 on: September 13, 2017, 10:18:11 AM »
Quote
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xFakSkcZ_g

What is the name of this instrument?

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« Reply #70 on: September 13, 2017, 10:45:54 AM »
@Aorta

It's called "cifteli/qifteli" in Albanian. An Ottoman instrument, i think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45CwRE9l71A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zSmlG0Qoas


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« Reply #73 on: September 30, 2017, 11:02:47 AM »
I'm glad they unblock this video. Elina know how to make the traditional music "beautiful", even for young ears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4plVarzu0D0


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« Reply #75 on: September 30, 2017, 02:57:13 PM »
This song is very special to me. It's dedicated to Anton Ceta, my personal hero (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_%C3%87eta).

He contribuited to erase "blood feuds" in Kosovo. Sadly in some remote part of North Albania "blood feuds" still exists. The laws governing "blood feuds" stem from the traditional Albanian social code, the Kanuni i Leke Dukaginit referred to as the Kanun
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanun_(Albania)_

The last part (min 5:10 - 5:15) is the best, literally:

"I offer you the blood of my son (I'll forgive you for my killed son)"
"I salute you man, may the honor stand with you (Well done man, bless you)"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-q-_DywzyQ


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« Reply #76 on: October 04, 2017, 03:09:57 PM »
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It's called "cifteli/qifteli" in Albanian. An Ottoman instrument, i think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45CwRE9l71A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zSmlG0Qoas

The sound is so "middle eastern", i like it.


Off topic: What are they saying about Italy, France and Turkey?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_pX5gUVRXo

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« Reply #77 on: October 11, 2017, 02:04:23 AM »
« Last Edit: October 11, 2017, 03:19:59 AM by Sunrise »

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« Reply #78 on: October 11, 2017, 02:14:50 AM »
Cover of traditional music. Love it (sadly i don't know who is the singer).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMC5e663ygA

Another cover (not traditional music).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X-SFU-yAbE
« Last Edit: October 11, 2017, 02:53:51 AM by Sunrise »


 

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